News that Tesla is developing an all-electric pickup truck is nothing new. In fact, company chief executive Elon Musk hasn’t been able to stop talking about it in recent months. He is very, very excited about it – and The Sketch Monkey has created a rendering which shows how it may look.
The designer started out with a side-view of the Model X SUV (which, come to think of it, makes sense) and set about transforming it into a truck.
The first job was to alter the roof line and reduce the size of the rear doors. Additionally, the round arches of the Model X were replaced with more utilitarian-looking squared-off ones. The Sketch Monkey also increased the vehicle’s ride height, made the front end slightly more aggressive and created a bed and taillights drastically different than any other Tesla.
The car manufacturer recently dropped a single teaser image of its truck, revealing a flat surface and an LED light bar running the width of the vehicle. It remains to be seen what part of the vehicle that teaser was previewing, but it could have been the rear and this rendering depicts how that light bar could look if used as a single taillight.
Earlier this month, Musk said the pickup will cost less than $50,000 and handle like a Porsche 911. Which is an extremely bold claim, but by now we’ve gotten used to both the CEO’s outrageous statements and some pretty impressive cars (eventually…) hitting the assembly line.
The electric truck, which should be presented as a prototype before the end of the year, is expected to have six seats, 400-500 miles (645 – 800 km) of range and offer up to 300,000 lbs (136,077 kg) of towing capacity.